Many baby-boomers have childhood memories of a Florida in the 1960s and 1970s that just doesn’t exist anymore. This earlier Florida was dominated by farming, fields of palmettos and pines and free from a 7-11 or CVS on every other corner. When reflecting on Florida’s development over the last generation…..I often think of the Pretenders song, My City Was Gone, where Chrissie Hynde sums up her feelings about development around Akron Ohio as follows……the farms of Ohio Florida had been replaced by shopping malls and Muzak filled the air.
If you are looking for a place to call home in Southwest Florida that still feels like the Florida in your childhood memories, then you might want to take a look at Pine Island. After crossing over the quaint Matlacha Bridge onto Florida’s largest island, a visitor senses a very different Florida unfolding before their eyes. Farming still dominates the landscape on Pine Island and retail chain establishments and traffic lights are scarce.
Pine Island’s 9,000 residents live in one of the islands four villages in housing predominately consisting of single-family homes. Almost as rare on Pine Island as fast food restaurants and traffic lights are gated communities that so dominate the residential housing landscape in Southwest Florida. Calusa Ridge is a gated community located in Bokeelia on Pine Island. Development in this community had stalled as a result of the housing bust, but with new ownership in place, Calusa Ridge is back in business. This intimate community of 45 homes features over-sized one-acre homesites clustered around a six-acre lake. New homes at Calusa Ridge start at $179,000. Here is a resource to learn more about Calusa Ridge real estate.